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Leana Kleyn­hans of eMalahleni writes We’ve had this riem­pie bench in our fam­ily for decades. Can you give me any in­for­ma­tion on its ori­gins and value? So­phie-Louise Fröh­lich of Stephan Welz & Co. replies This is an ex­am­ple of a Re­gency-style bench. It’s from the Eastern Cape. The Cape Re­gency pe­riod spans the years 1820–1900; style and el­e­gance were the hall­marks of this era. Of­ten, dark and light woods were com­bined; this style of bench fea­tures stinkwood through­out. Some Re­gency pieces in­cluded in­lays or reed­ing. CIRCA mid-19th cen­tury VALUE R8 000 – R10 000 at auc­tion CON­TACT [email protected]­

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